"First Seattle area Community" Alki by glabah

Alki Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 60 photos

West Seattle and and the Alki Peninsula are two different parts of a peninsula that sticks up just west of downtown Seattle and forms the southern part of Elliott Bay.

Alki faces west and towards Puget Sound and officially speaking is on the far west point of the land. West Seattle is a busier community at the summit of the hill on the Peninsula, as well as being part of the peninsula that faces downtown Seattle across Elliott Bay. The terminology is confused very often as even locals will say Alki when they mean West Seattle and vice versa.

If you don't see something here and expected to see it, please check my West Seattle page for more information on those items on the Peninsula that are further east and up the hill. Further south is Fauntleroy and I have put a little bit of information there as well.

The area of the Alki Peninsula was the first site of a non-Native American community in the area near what is now Seattle, but it was very short lived and no trace remains of what was here in the 1850s. Currently the oldest structure is a restaurant that is currently closed in a structure built in the very early 1900s. The name Alki means "someday" as the area was once called "Alki New York" or basically meaning One Day New York. The peninsula wound up being a terrible place for a first community and within a few years had been abandoned in favor of areas closer to the Duwamish River, eventually creating what is now Seattle.

Both West Seattle and Alki are connected to Seattle by the King County Water Taxi and the associated free bus service that connects the water taxi to Alki and various parts of West Seattle.

Alki Point itself has a lighthouse that is quite attractive, but the best views of it are from the Seattle - Vashon Island ferry due to the area around the lighthouse being closed to the public.

Alki Beach is a fairly popular summer beach, and has been for many years.

A large number of smaller parks dot the area, and some of them are interesting curiousities. For example, Weatherwatch Park was supposed to be a ferry terminal, and the Avenue of the Stars is a curious representation of various constellations in the sidewalk.

  • Last visit to Alki: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 9, 2015
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